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Bytown Museum

1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a wonderful little museum located next to the Rideau Canal and the Chateau Laurier. Lots of neat information here, and some pretty cool artefacts. I loved the hair jewellry - so interesting! The building itself is beautiful. There was also a small AAA...More

Thank yusqueya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you splurge for the guided tour - its worth it. The Bytown Museum is on the lower side of the Rideau Canal just below the Locks. The Bytown Museum explores the early history of Canada’s capital, when it was known as Bytown. The...More

1  Thank debrakgrose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum, but good. Half the fun is watching the canals right outside the museum. Even if you do not pay to go through the museum, you can step in to buy food, dessert, drink, souvenirs, and use the restroom.

Thank Caitlin V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum, spread over 3 floors and housed in the oldest stone building in Ottawa. It tells how Baytown transformed itself from a rowdy, violent community to the more sophisticated Victorian city of Ottawa, which eventually was chosen as the capital of...More

Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed learning about the history of Ottawa, and about the role of Colonel By. Did not realize the pain and suffering and loss of life that went into the building of the canal and lock system

Thank Songbird934
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We were hanging out be the canal and decided to check out the Bytown Museum. I was pleasantly surprised. They do a good job of explaining a side of Ottawa's history that, other then maybe locals really know anything about. I found the displays to...More

Thank Oilerman
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This museum is great value for the money. They had a fun find the clues activity to keep children engaged, are small enough to let kids run ahead safely while you take your time learning about the history of the city that became Ottawa. Afterwards...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Bytown Museum, located besides the Locks, is in a small house and presents a variety of artefacts. It explains the history of Ottawa in its early days and the difficulties of the city and the Rideau Canal. You can see that it has been...More

Thank Lars M
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This museum explains how and why the locks were built. Its located in the oldest building in Ottawa which lends itself to this extraodinary time in Canada's history

Thank Rainie1952
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This isn't a big museum, but it's very well done. It gives a nice compact view of the history of the canal and the surrounding neighborhoods. They provide an audio guide which was well done. The only problem was the crowds were so loud it...More

Thank yellowlabmom
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Debjani M
6 August 2017|
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Response from CanVaca | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. We stayed at a Downtown Ottawa Hotel and walked everywhere. There are several parking garages throughout downtown Ottawa, including at the Rideau Centre, where you can park for the day... More
Norma H
24 August 2016|
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Response from vwlgirl | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing an elevator but cannot say for sure.